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FROM THIS EPISODE
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn asked for immunity in exchange for his testimony. Does that mean -- as he said of others in the past -- that he must be guilty of something? We also look into the complicated ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s associates.
The Sierras have more than double the normal level of snowpack. About a million cubic feet of water is expected to run off the Sierras in the coming months. We learn what that means for residents of the Owens Valley and how they’re preparing for the big snowmelt.
Our critics discuss “Ghost in the Shell,” a Japanese comic franchise that got the Hollywood treatment and now stars Scarlett Johansson. Comic fans were upset long before the release. Also, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a Holocaust film with Jessica Chastain, and the New York Times called it “Schindler's List with pets.”
Hollywood studio executives are planning to release their movies as “premium” video-on-demand soon after they hit theaters for $30-$50 per rental. Theater owners are worried people will buy those rentals, and not go out to see movies. Some filmmakers are also against it. It was a big issue at CinemaCon this week.
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Will the government meet the deadline to reunify families separated at the border? Next week is the deadline to reunite the thousands of kids separated from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that they’re working to meet the deadline, but will not “cut corners.” We get an update on where these families are now.
How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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